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The Queen's Speech

The Queen’s Speech this week, announcing the Government’s legislative programme for the year, included a number of measures which are especially relevant to us in West Berkshire.

A Digital Economy Bill will put new obligations on broadband providers to make sure that everyone has access to an affordable high speed internet connection. The Government believes that it is on track to get superfast broadband to 95 per cent of households by next year, and this week restated its determination to ensure that the final 5 per cent are not left behind. The Universal Service Obligation will mean that even the most remote areas will be legally entitled to fast broadband by 2020...

A tale of two businesses

Xtrac is one of the most exciting medium-sized companies in the country. It makes high precision transmission systems (gear boxes to you and me) mainly for the motor sport industry. It employs around 400 people, most of them at its factory in Thatcham. The company is owned by its workers and it takes on around four apprentices each year in an arrangement with Newbury College. I visited them last week with the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid. Every time I visit Xtrac I leave with the warm glow...

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